Don Raye

Real Name:
Donald MacRae Wilhoite, Jr.
Profile:
American vaudevillian and songwriter, b. March 16, 1909 in Washington, DC – d. Jan. 29, 1985 in Encino, CA.

Started his career as a dancer, going on to win the "Virginia State Dancing Championship." Wilhoite started work in vaudeville as a "song and dance man" often writing his own songs for his act, where he changed his name to Don Raye.

In 1935 he started work as a songwriter, collaborating with numerous composers, most notably, Gene DePaul. Other collaborators included Hughie Prince, Patricia Johnston, Harry James, Freddie Slack, Artie Shaw, Charlie Shavers and Benny Carter.

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985.
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Albums

ST-3801 Walt Disney Presents The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow · The Legend Of Rip Van Winkle — Don Raye Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Rica Owen Moore* , Narrated By Billy Bletcher Don Raye, Gene DePaul, Rica Owen Moore* , Narrated By Billy Bletcher - Walt Disney Presents The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow · The Legend Of Rip Van Winkle(LP, Album, Mid) Disneyland ST-3801 US 1971 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

251 The House Of Blue Lights / Hey Mr. Postman — Don Raye Freddie Slack With Rhythm Section And Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye Freddie Slack With Rhythm Section And Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye - The House Of Blue Lights / Hey Mr. Postman Capitol Records 251 US 1946 Sell This Version
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15188 The House Of Blue Lights / Cow Cow Boogie — Don Raye Freddie Slack With Rhythm Section* And Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye Freddie Slack With Rhythm Section* And Ella Mae Morse With Don Raye - The House Of Blue Lights / Cow Cow Boogie(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 15188 US 1948 Sell This Version
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82467 The Sidewalk Shufflers / That's The One For Me — Don Raye Sonny Burke And His Orchestra , Vocals: Don Raye & Gene DePaul Sonny Burke And His Orchestra , Vocals: Don Raye & Gene DePaul - The Sidewalk Shufflers / That's The One For Me(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 82467 Germany 1951 Sell This Version